* Posts by Snar

129 posts • joined 10 Jan 2012

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Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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!= Brexit dodging

I don't blame them in the slightest. Sound move to protect their interests. One of many high tech companies that are running from the carnage that Brexit will bring.

But so long as we can protect the fishing industry and get gammony blue passports, what could go wrong? As Boris said "Fuck business". At least his younger sibling has some common sense.

Let's hope we get a Peoples Vote and the ability to get out of this dogs dinner that infighting withing the Tory party has inflicted on the nation.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Ahhh!

First game I really got into. I ran it on a Compaq luggable DX2/66 machine with an EISA backplane and a Sportster 14/400 MODEM.

IDDQD / IDKFA :)

UK and EU crawling towards post-Brexit data exchange deal – reports

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Typical Brexiteer - No collateral just an empty brain and no comments.

Ram your blue passport up your arse and I hope you feel all of the ramifications of voting to protect the likes of Rees-Mogg, Banks and the rest of the off-shore tax-dodging arseholes that want to destroy my country to serve themselves by whipping up hysteria over immigration.

You fell into the trap.

I hear the sound of one hand clapping. You won, get over it.

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I'd like to know why the person that voted me down thinks the opposite...

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Brexit - the gift that keeps giving.

Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

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According to Frank Zappa

France stinks -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eep1_tiPOVY

Always been a pleasure when I've been :)

Shout out to the Gammon and their fishy blue passports.

Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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It’s happened aparrently! We had a presentation by a UK based pen tester who had looked at a teledildonic device with a camera that was sending images to a Chinese address....

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Fuck it

I'm done with Brexit and just deleted a rather long rant to summarise in this -

To anyone who voted for Brexit - May you, your children and your children's children be ever touched by your decision. I hope you are directly affected by what you have voted for and gain all of the ramifications from it. Every single one.

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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This

Is part of the reason why I've had El Reg as my home page for 20-odd years.

Balanced reporting.

Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

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Re: 2G (GSM, not USA CDMA)

And my Ericsson GH388 :)

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Re: As long as they run a 3G service ...

I've been with Vodafone for over 20 years and whilst I'm happy to complain where complaint is due, I've found my dealings with the company very easy, and personally I rate them very highly, however YMMV. They are not the cheapest, but I can't remember the last time I was stuck without a signal. Same is true of Virgin Media - Whilst I've only got VM broadband, again I've been with them for over 20 years and have had nothing but good, dependable service from them with very few outages.

Plus I like the fact that Voda also still run 2G. Does anyone know if they have plans of killing it off?

1.5m Brits pay too much for mobile and crappy broadband – Ofcom

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24Mbps superfast?

Really?

FTTC may help to reduce contention, but it's still crappy xDSL to the subscriber.

Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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Same shit

Different day :)

O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band

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Bastard Telecom and Ofcom

BT are quite possibly my most hated company. It gets me how they can peddle more and more junk technology that increasing doesn't work and to the detriment of the EM spectrum while giving it to Ofcom up the arse like the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

BT whine about the use of "Up to xMbps" which is a phrase that they coined because DSL just happens to be a crap, non-deterministic technical abortion stymied by the laws of physics. They can wrap a turd in gilt terms such as G.fast, but it is still a turd. And don't get me started on PLT - Ofcom clearly like having a prolapsed ringpiece.

How the fcuk can a company as big as BT get away with peddling an DSL based service as "superfast fibre"?

As an experiment I thought I'd have a look at what shiny bollocks BT are now peddling. Wow! super duper 100Mbps guaranteed - And if it doesn't work, you can claim a refund of £20!...up to 4 times a year...and it's actually a gift card rather than dolly.

So living in a fairly residential area I just thought I'd see if BT could offer me this special service and how much - Not available in your area, but "You can still get speeds of UP TO 55Mbps" - Good old crappy DSL to the rescue.

I'm pretty fortunate in that we do have Virgin in the area who provide me with a nice 350Mbps down / 20Mbps up connection and during the 20 years I've been a customer I've seen my speeds increase from 1Mbps to my current speed which has been consistently delivered with very few days outage.

To my mind, BT should not have been allowed to continue to use the POTS wiring to deliver broadband services as they were neither designed for the job or are capable of delivering the services demanded of them. BT's reliance on flogging a dead horse into a pulp and it's reluctance in investing in a decent TTH infrastructure has in my mind been bad for the general UK domestic customer base. Now they seem to be under pressure to do something, they are probably 20 years behind their closest competitor in technology. I hope the whole company goes titsup.

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: Where are the Brexit fans?

Strong leadership?

That is a fucking joke.

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At least

We will get our blue passports...which really were black...But fuck it, lets just wave a flag as our ship sinks.

Happy days.

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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From our very own El Reg!

This place was up for sale a few years ago - I wish I'd had the cash to buy it.....

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/09/scottish_bunker/

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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Fuck the jobs!

Doesn't matter so are getting our blue passports "back"

Cunts.

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Coat

"Sorry, the Doctor can't fight the Daleks today, she's on the blob and she's crying into a large box of chocolates"

Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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Sad..

My condolences to his family.

I was walking home from school back in the early 80's and a girl was perched on a window ledge. A lot of kids gathered and started chanting "jump...jump...jump" and the poor girl did. It was horrible. I didn't chant a thing I just ran home after I heard the impact.

It just shows how evil people can be. I'm glad I don't have that on my conscience.

Months late, unaudited: ZX Spectrum reboot firm files accounts

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Joke

Re: Accounts?

The new fag packets in Cancer Green are impossible to write on. Even the manufacturers haven't got space amidst warning and horrible pictures to adorn the packets with their logo....

But at least one design has a picture of what looks like Farage with tubes hanging out of his mouth about to kick the bucket. We can only dream....

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Joke

Re: whatever way the Throwers (sorry Baggage Handlers) feel like

This reminds me of this old chestnut....

Did you know that fork-lift drivers don't like jokes?

They find them unpalatable...

Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Re: Possibly listening to

Possible playlist at the time -

Nirvana - Lithium

Michael Burks - I Smell Smoke

50 Cent - Heat

Alberta - Ears on Fire

Andy Ard - Hair on Fire

Oshlapov - Pour Water

ItaloBrothers - Stamp on the Ground

Shinedown - State of my Head

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Looks like she also grew an instantaneous beard as well, poor girl :(

Finally proof that Apple copies Samsung: iPhone 7 Plus halts, catches fire like a Galaxy Note 7

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Re: Water damage

I was just about to post a similar comment.

Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

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Idiots

I had to laugh when I drove past a small farm with a "Vote Leave" placard outside. "I want to lose my livelihood" would most likely have been more accurate.

Fuck them and the retards that have voted to lose their jobs when companies they work for leave the UK to remain in the EU. Fuck fuckity fuck you all, you deranged, unintelligent, small minded cocks.

Thanks for screwing my country up for me. I'm so looking forward to hearing the Brexiters bleat when the ramifications of what they have lead us into start to bite them hard.

Seagate laying off 2,217 employees

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Joke

I wonder how long after the commercial demise of the mechanical HDD it will take to see the Omega DataMaster, Rolex OysterSpin Perpetual and the Jaeger-LeCoultre USB3 Classic...?

The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Nice one!

Thanks for this.

Lester was a huge part of who El Reg is/was. The Register has been my home page since the early 2000's.

We need his protégée. Seek and ye shall find.

RIP Lester.

Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Re: I remember when ...

Cat's whiskers...Luxury! I remember having to chew down bits of rusty nail to make the filings for my coherer.

Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

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Joke

That would be a roll manoeuvre?

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Joke

Re: FAIL

No, that pie was made of the right stuff! :)

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Re: ,So there's an online fix for not being able to get online?

For some reason, this gave me a mental image of a smiling garden gnome-type creature being bundled in the box.

30 years ago I was a kollidge stoodint and could only afford an XT clone. My how the other half lived :)

Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

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Re: £159 .....

I use the B&O Earset 3 with my iPhone - second set I've had in about 10 years. First pair died of old-age and I've had the second pair for about a year. For the money, I'd rather buy these than stupid wireless things that don't solve a problem. Apples removal of the 3.5mm audio jack was a complete self-immolation.

I don't want people think I'm walking around with Braun toothbrush heads hanging out my ears...

BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls

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Re: What?

You beat me to it :)

Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

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Re: Good image selection...

To be able to force a Europlug into a BS1363 socket, you need to use something to lower the shutters covering the Live and Neutral by forcing something into the Earth terminal. If you try and push a Europlug into a BS1363 socket without defeating the Earth, then it won't engage.

So if you have the basic intelligence to understand how to defeat the shuttering and lack the common sense to plug the appliance in correctly and use just one pin in the defeated socket, then:

a) The appliance won't work.

b) You have a problem with your sight because one of the pins of the Europlug is not in the socket.

c) A Darwin Award is your personal goal.

Or have I missed something here?

US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

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FAIL

Re: AND....

I had a similar event with a Vectra - Fan packed up and conveniently took out the controls, again costing £500 to fix. Of course, any designer worth his salt would have designed the electronics to detect a failed motor and fold back. But we are talking about an industry that is geared around hammering suppliers down on price and arse-raping their customers when something fails.

I also have major financial woes with various computers, handbrake, suspension, wipers and wing-mirror faults on the same car with a total repair bill of over £4k in about 3 years once the warranty had run out.

'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

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Re: Change at VM Long Overdue

I disagree with your comments on the comparison of media used to deliver to the home. Chucking RF at a pair of crappy twisted of antiquated wires of unknown characteristic and hoping for the best (xDSL) is a bit different to using a properly terminated cable designed to handle the required bandwidth. One works predictably and the other is junk.

I have a consistent 100Mb connection with Virgin come rain, snow, wind or shine (although a recent local thunderstorm caused a local problem, but was fixed in hours).

Plus I hate Bastard Telecom with a passion.

BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

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Re: Half Life 3

US2345723B - The use of copper to carry electricity.

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Bastard Telecom....

I hate this company with an absolute passion. Since they started to peddle powerline junk I have vowed to never again pay for their services.

A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

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Re: Why?

If the data transfer is 100MB over 3 mins, there is little point in implementing USB3. I get where you are coming from, though. Zippier flash and USB3 would have made this a really fantastic product.

Sounds a useful piece of kit for faffing about with and pulling photo's off my iPhone into an archive on the device so I can share them at the time rather than having to download them from the cloud. So IMO it does appear to solve a problem. I've ordered the 128GB version today, and am quite hopeful....

Lester Haines: RIP

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I'm so sad to hear this. Lester was easily my favourite El Reg journalist. I will never forget "Bloke takes missus up the Oxo Tower".

My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

RIP :(

Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

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Yes!

I've been waiting for this bunch of cockwombles to finally crawl away into a corner and rot...

Yay!

Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

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Re: RIP

Why does Ians death make you "wonder how flawed the open source community is"?

Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Fuck off Redmond

I had my fill of Windows and it shitness years ago. I migrated to Ubuntu and am still running 12.04 because it works and works well for me. I can do all I want to do with Linux and it's fast. My AV machine is an iMac and things work nicely. My work laptop runs Windows 7 and it's dog shit slow.

I'd rather have a cervical smear rather that choose Windows as an operating system.

Testing CarPlay with Apple’s most expensive ever accessory

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Re: Buttons

Touch-screens in my mind are not good in cars. I had one in my previous car (VW) and it was more of a distraction trying to find what I wanted to listen to. The BMW iDrive is quite a good solution IMO, you don't need to engage so much with the screen and is less of a distraction.

Toys are great but have their place. Distracting drivers with an overcomplex UI is not a good use of tech.

Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Very simplistic video which doesn't take into account real world musical signals. We don't listen to sine waves or square waves. Had he used a two-tone generator (non-harmonically related) I think it would have been a more interesting and realistic video and demonstrated intermodulation at lower bit depths. He also didn't discuss output filtering or phase response.

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I think an increase in bit depth is more beneficial than a expanded bandwidth.

What does concern me is the current fashion for most high-end manufacturers to upsample audio to non-integer sample rates.

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Re: Bizarre And Inexplicable Opinion.

After some critical listening, my view is that most legacy recordings that have been remastered to 24/96 are not worth buying if you have either the CD or FLAC. But properly recorded HD material can sound extremely good.

Take a listen to some of the HD samplers on 2l.no. This stuff has re-kindled a sleeping interest in audio in me :)

YMMV

Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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I would rather have a cervical smear rather than buy another VXR "performance car". Load of wank. OK, this is made by Holden, but the Baboons who work in the dealerships will fcuk it up for you if the car itself doesn't go titsup and charge a fortune in spare parts and labour. Avoid.

20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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Our cats are named Derek and Clive :)

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